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Both of my kids cough until they gag sometimes puke one is 3 the other 1 and its been going on for about a month what could it be?

Both of my kids cough until they gag sometimes puke one is 3 the other 1 and its been going on for about a month what could it be?

Cough: Could be secondary to allergies resulting in cough equivalent asthma, please have them evaluated by their pediatrician, such that they can be given the right treatment, ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Asthma-coughing fits between Nebulizer/albuterol treatments. Better to steam/cool mist? Foods/teas? Sit up, lay, walk? I cough until I gag/cry.

Asthma-coughing fits between Nebulizer/albuterol treatments. Better to steam/cool mist? Foods/teas? Sit up, lay, walk? I cough until I gag/cry.

See your doctor: Sounds like your asthma is may need a tune up. Go see your doctor, you likely need a steroid inhaler or possibly a combination inhaler with albuterol and a steroid to help calm things down. Moist air may help a bit (like the nebulizer) but sounds like you need more than that. Positioning your body, certain foods likely won't make a difference either. ...Read more

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Can 15month old hurt themselves from coughing? Saw pedi yesterday, gave daughter antibiotics, but she's coughing until she gags and eyes tear.

Can 15month old hurt themselves from coughing? Saw pedi yesterday, gave daughter antibiotics, but she's coughing until she gags and eyes tear.

Coughing spells: Take your child into the washroom and turn on the hot shower. Let your child breath in the hot steam. At night, have he sleeep, with a vaporizer and an elevated matress. Push fluids with lemon and honey. Use vapo rub on chest at bedtime. ...Read more

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Why do I start to gag when I cough?

Why do I start to gag when I cough?

Reflex: Coughing increases your intra abdominal pressure, decreases the pressure in the chest when you breath in. Sometimes this induces reflux acid to come up into the esophagus. You may induce a gag reflex like this or from thick mucus.
That types of spasms can be a part of a particular illness called pertussis that you could get checked for. ...Read more

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What might be wrong if my son wakes up every morning with this gagging cough?

What might be wrong if my son wakes up every morning with this gagging cough?

Virus or allergies: Allergies and asthma are possible, bacterial or viral infections, or even esophageal reflux.
An appointment to see an md is indicated. ...Read more

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I have a cough that makes me gag, should I worry?

I have a cough that makes me gag, should I worry?

Cough with gag: The gag you are having is a reflex from the cough. You should not worry but think of the cough and what is causing it. A virus, exposure to chemicals or dust, infection with fever, asthma and acid reflux. If this is recent it may go away quickly (5-7days). If this is long term and chronic then you should see a physician. ...Read more

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I have a tickly cough that is making me gag. It woke me up twice last night and medicine doesn't help, is it anything to worry about? Had it 3 days

Dr. Taj Jiva Dr. Jiva
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I have a tickly cough that is making me gag. It woke me up twice last night and medicine doesn't help, is it anything to worry about? Had it 3 days

See physician: Tickly cough suggests allergic rhinitis and post nasal drip. Acid reflux may be considered. If medicines do not help, see your doc, and further work up may be necessary if this persists. At night time secretions do collect in lungs and throat and secretions going down into lungs may cause bronchospasm. ...Read more

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I have been coughing to the point of gagging, it makes me incontinent and keeps me up at night. It is a dry non productive cough.

I have been coughing to the point of gagging, it makes me incontinent and keeps me up at night. It is a dry non productive cough.

Dry cough: I used to think a cough without fever was no big deal until I cracked a rib from a really hard dry persistent cough.
Yours may be related to asthma, pertussis, a recent illness, allergy, ACE-inhibitors, smoking (if you smoke, stop now), or other causes. Rarely cough is related to a type of heart disease. See your doctor for pulmonary function test and chest X-ray to start. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough (almost like a gagging cough, but barely) when I'm feeling anxious? It's annoying and hard to prevent or suppress.

Is it normal to cough (almost like a gagging cough, but barely) when I'm feeling anxious? It's annoying and hard to prevent or suppress.

Nervous Cough: Throat clearing is a common nervous tic and throat tightening and difficulty swallowing are often autonomic features of anxiety. Your cough certainly can be associated with anxiety and may improve if you get help with the anxiety or reduce stress. ...Read more

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Sometimes I cough and gag, but I never vomit. Why is this happening?

Sometimes I cough and gag, but I never vomit. Why is this happening?

Gagging.: Sometimes severe coughing can initiate a gag reflex, which can't even result in vomiting at times. The key is to figure out what is causing the cough and get it under control. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Bad gastric reflux. Wake up coughing and coughing and gagging. At work I cough and gag, what to do?

Bad gastric reflux. Wake up coughing and coughing and gagging. At work I cough and gag, what to do?

Elevate the bed: Take a proton pump inhibitor in the morning before breakfast, then an h2 blocker at night before bed. But elevate the head and the bed with bricks, books, or get a mattress wedge. Pillows do not work. ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?

I've had a dry cough for 2 weeks gagging everytime. Worse at night and morning. Should I see a doctor?

Yes: You should see a doctor. It sounds to me like could be some allergens causing you to cough like that. There are many good medications that can help you out. ...Read more

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Son has had a constant cough 3+ wks (no ins), but now coughing til gags. No fever or any symptoms but coughing/congestion.

Son has had a constant cough 3+ wks (no ins), but now coughing til gags. No fever or any symptoms but coughing/congestion.

Have him seen: And tested for pertussis. Could be a garden variety cold or some mild wheezing or postnasal drip... But the description you provide tells me pertussis needs to be ruled out...Vaccinated or not. ...Read more

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I hate taking any medicines because it makes me gag like crazy. Are there any other ways besides medicine then to get rid of my cough?

I hate taking any medicines because it makes me gag like crazy. Are there any other ways besides medicine then to get rid of my cough?

Coughing: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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I've recently been having cold symptoms. My cough usually isn't bad. But I've been coughing hard, so hard I gag. My mucus is also white and grainy.

Cough: Try Delsym over the counter. Drink a lot of fluids and get some rest. You need antibiotics when the secretions turn colored. For pain take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I gag and can't swallow certain foods I will choke and cough up mucus?

I gag and can't swallow certain foods I will choke and cough up mucus?

Foods: It depends on what you cannot swallow. Hard solid foods, soft foods or liquids. You may have an obstruction in your upper gastrointestinal tract. A thorough evaluation by your doctor will be need and also specify to that doctor exactly the types of foods you cannot swallow. ...Read more

Dr. Seth Rosen
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Gagging (Definition)

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